Created: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:34:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 07:43:52 EST
Hundreds gathered at Fort Valley State University Wednesday to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania 12 years ago.
A memorial was held inside the Pettigrew Center on campus. Keynote speaker, Retired U.S. Army Major General Charles M. Hood, Jr. called for people to not just acknowledge the day but remember it in his speech. He said people need to understand the new safety measures in place now because of the tragic day.
“It’s a concern and I’m frustrated sometimes when people complain about what's happening at the airports about going through security,” Hood said.
He also addressed how people need to stay united years after tragic events like 9/11 happen
"We respond in a time of an emergency and then we forget and we fade off back to our comfort zone," he said.
After Hood’s speech, members of the FVSU marching band lead people to the unveiling of USA Square. It’s the newest addition to the campus and school officials said its part of the global community the university plans to build on campus.